The Turn of the Screw is a novella written by Henry James. It is a ghost story that was originally published in 1898. A nameless governess reports the events of two ghosts who stalk the young children she has charge over. Is she reliable, or an imaginative neurotic? (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)
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February 11, 2010 Subject:
Odd classic, good recording
This really is an odd book -- strangely inconclusive.
The recording is very professional in sound quality and also pretty professional in reading style. The female reader is lushly expressive, to the point of sounding sentimental. In fact this overlush quality convinced me that the narrating governess really is a delusional hysteric (a matter of much debate, for some reason). The child characters' voices strike me as well done too. If the Librivox intro grates on your ear, as another reviewer mentioned, skip ahead and listen to a bit of the text itself -- you may find it more to your taste. One word I noticed was mispronounced: "interminably."
December 21, 2009 Subject:
An odd story
I was given the books Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw when I was a child. I never read them as I found them too hard. I am guessing I was about 9 or 10. The book was not much better as an adult. I listened to this one some time ago so I do not remember the narration and that may have been part of it. I really had a hard time getting through this story and honestly I am not sure what the big deal is about Henry James or a lot of classics for that matter. I am grateful; however, to Librivox that at least I had the opportunity to listen to this book.
December 15, 2009 Subject:
By far one of the best readings I heard so far. I highly recommend the recording.
October 6, 2008 Subject:
The Turn of the Screw
I have to say that I listened only through the first chapter. The story seemed as though it would be interesting, and the reader's voice and style seem as though they might have been lovely in person or perhaps on a conventional recording device, but the computer-like utterances and spacing and silences was something I simply found too irritating. I have to say, I don't have high expectations of readers, but this recording sounded too much like a computer voice for me to be able to enjoy it. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, then you'll likely enjoy it as the first reviewer did.
January 18, 2007 Subject:
Good story, great recording
I downloaded this and listened to it on a 9 hour solo drive from Jacksonville, FL to Richmond, VA. The story was intriguing and quite chilling, painted beautifully with the words of Henry James. The woman reading has a very pleasing voice and the recording is of professional quality. My only complaint was that each chapter had an introduction identifying the author, reader, book name, chapter, and the audio collection that this piece came from. It lasted about 20-30 seconds but really broke up the flow of the book, since some chapters are very short. That being said, I would recommend this to anyone.